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Less Than Zero

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

The worship of drugs, vanity, and indulgence

Bret Easton Ellis writes this coming of age book with unrelenting grit and down-right graphic accounts of teenage life for the privledged LA-ites. Easton Ellis follows Clay, a socialite who slowly recognizes the reality he faces with his drug-laced friends, Julian and B...
Bret Easton Ellis writes this coming of age book with unrelenting grit and down-right graphic accounts of teenage life for the privledged LA-ites. Easton Ellis follows Clay, a socialite who slowly recognizes the reality he faces with his drug-laced friends, Julian and Blair. At times shocking, Clay becomes more engrossed in this over-indulgent world when he comes back home for Christmas break. It is difficult not to get the feeling that non of these characters actually care about one another unless they can provide them with more drugs or cruder forms of entertainment. Although you will see a tranformation in Clay from beginning to end, you will grind your teeth at his blatant inaction in serious situations. Easton Ellis' writing sytle is genius: Clay's narrative changes with his use and non-use of drugs, and his fleeting memories of Julian in earlier years are crushing. This is an incredible debut novel from Bret Easton Ellis. I look forward to the 'in-the-works' follow-up to Less Than Zero.

posted by Anonymous on August 2, 2006

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5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Yes, it is less than zero

This depressing story is a quick read and difficult for me to wrap my mind around. Do people like this actually exist? I can visualize how some young people with too many choices and no parental guidance might fall into an abyss, but there doesn't appear to be one per...
This depressing story is a quick read and difficult for me to wrap my mind around. Do people like this actually exist? I can visualize how some young people with too many choices and no parental guidance might fall into an abyss, but there doesn't appear to be one person in any of these characters' lives that might prove to be an anchor. It doesn't seem plausible. I also had difficulty connecting with the main character. While witnessing some truly horrific incidents, he remains completely apathetic. There is no growth of his character thus by the end of the story you don't care about him in the least. And yet I finished reading it. I put the book away wondering what does that say about me?

posted by Anonymous on September 7, 2007

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    Less than zero

    I'm indifferent about the book, I was kinda confussed alittle when it would jump to past experince. But for it being his first noval and he wrote it when he was 19 I can understand the writting of it. Love the Movie but don't get the book and movie as the same thing. The charater are the same but the movie went with a different approch from the story. overall I'm only rating 3 stars, I just wish there were more feelings towards the main charater.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Less Than Zero

    The first thing I thought when I read this book was: this could have been Patrick Bateman¿s childhood. Having read American Psycho not too long ago, I certainly could see the parallel.<BR/><BR/>Clay is a freshman in college coming back to L.A for Christmas, returning to the life of drugs, sex and boredom he had left behind for one semester. And as he allows himself to merge back into the flow of life, the reader enters with him the world of the rich and spoiled. It makes for a disturbing vision of youth, and as I said, something that could serve as the backstory for American Psycho.<BR/><BR/>However, this book also seems to be the predecessor to American Psycho in that it fails to push the envelope as well as the formerly mentioned book did. It is engrossing, it is captivating, it is interesting, but still relatively shallow and a very fast read. Just as Clay could have grown up to become Patrick Bateman, this book eventually went on to become a superior book, American Psycho. If you have already read it, this book will seem watered down¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    80's Style Salinger

    I have really gotten into the books about 'nothing' lately. These books, including Ellison's, are capitvating despite the absence of a real sotry line. I read it in an afternoon by the pool and realized there are people out there who have really lived the life of 'Less Than Zero''s main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    More truth than fiction

    Brett Ellis is a great writer and in this book it shows his style profoundly, i loved this book,this book reflects alot on how today's youth is numbed to violence and drugs,this book is closer to today's reality than you can imagine.

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